Thursday , 18 April 2024
Passengers onboard the Silver Spirit cruise ship are welcomed by Tourism and city government officials, along with performers of native Philippine music and dance at the Manila South Harbor on Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2023). The Philippines’ cruise tourism industry is seen to bounce back since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, with 139 port calls and over 117,000 passengers pegged for 2023 alone. (PNA photo by Yancy Lim)

Cruise tourists seen to bring Philippines P216 million

Arrival of close to 40,000 cruise passengers in the country this year is expected to generate at least $4 million (P216 million) in visitor receipts to the economy.

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the scheduled 139 port calls by international cruise ships shows the readiness of the Philippines to become a major cruise destination in Asia. She personally welcomed the 317 guests and 415 crew members of the Silver Spirit last February 15, at the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal, Manila South Harbor.

“The arrival of this cruise ship into this port signals the resurgence of the cruise tourism industry. This signals confidence, as well in travel and tourism into the Philippines. We’re very grateful for the support of the City of Manila to open up its harbor to our visitors from all over the world and we’re hopeful that this arrival may signal many more in the year to come,” she said.

She underscored the economic benefits from cruise tourism, estimating “the average spend is $100 dollars per cruise call per person… [This] shows the downstream effect not only on our national government revenues, but also on our local government revenues.”

While popular destinations such as Manila, Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Bohol, and Cebu will be visited by the cruise ships, she noted that other lesser known destinations are also on the cruise itineraries such as Apo Reef (Occidental Mindoro),

Balabac Island (Palawan), Biri Island (Northern Samar), Claveria (Cagayan), Capul Island (Northern Samar), and Coron.

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